From: Boatman on the River of Suck <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 22:48:13 2002

On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Matthew Sell wrote:

> >be possible to do one of the following options:
> >
> >1) Stick an 'emulation' user-mode shell on top of some free *nix
> >
> >2) Take a stock free *nix kernel, and modify it to work more like VMS.
> That was the idea. I thought of taking FreeBSD, and add device drivers for
> peripherals and filesystems, as well as implementing the "shell".
> I do have various VAXen to test this on.

You might be able to get the feel of VMS, but getting all the neat
features of VMS (decnet, clustering, binary compatibility) would be highly
problematic. Plus administration would be a completely different animal.

> >Of course, the problem is deciding what ONE kernel to use (prolly BSD or
> >Linux 2.??), and how to trim down the kernel to a small set of drivers for
> >testing it.
> I was thinking about using FreeBSD, simply for the availability of many
> platform ports, including VAX.

If you want BSD that works the same on all sorts of hardware, FreeBSD is
not it. It's too x86-centric. Look at NetBSD

Peace... Sridhar
Received on Fri Jan 04 2002 - 22:48:13 GMT

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